Cadair Idris
Saturday 30th June 2018
Start Time
Estimated Finish Time
6 miles
Verity Gray
Contact Details
or 07572641464
Start Point and Parking
car park is situated on the west side of the road just after the junction with minor B4405 road to Tal-y-Llyn.
LL36 9AJ
Grid Location
General Location
South Snowdonia, approx. 1 hour 20 mins west of Shrewsbury.
Packed Lunch?
Pub/Tea Shop
Yes - pub after
Car Sharing
9:00am at "Dobbies" services (A5/A49 junction), south of Shrewsbury, in the Little Chef car park
Public Transport
Walk Summary
The paths are well marked and involves climbing large stone steps up from the southern side of the mountain. The path emerges above the tree line with great views to the south, including the old mining town of Corris, and the Tarren mountains. Then, continuing along the steep path, Llyn Cau appears with the precipitous walls of the corrie, and a chance to admire the spectacular glacial landscape. The path climbs the south ridge to the summit of Craig Cwn Amarch. There is then a steep path among large rocks and boulders to reach Pen Y Gadair. The view from the mountain's summit is a stunning panorama of the rugged Snowdonia landscape. The descent is via a vague path heading towards Mynydd Moel and re-joining the earlier Minffordd path and quickly descending via the stone steps to the start point.

The Minffordd Path offers the most dramatic route. It is easy to navigate. It is challenging but not impossible; success is guaranteed.
Grassy mountain and stoney paths, boggy in places near the lake.
A total ascent 958 metres (3,143 feet)

Highest Point
893 meters at Pen Y Gadair.
Additional Info
Strong walking boots are necessary. It is essential to have an extra warm layer, as areas of the mountain are very exposed. Waterproof gear required.